The Final Score Archives

Northwestern State adds Louisville transfer

NATCHITOCHES — While the Northwestern State football team continued transitioning from preseason camp to pregame work for next Thursday’s opener in Turpin Stadium against Missouri State, the Demons got a defensive boost Tuesday with the addition of New Orleans native Lyn Clark, a linebacker transferring from Louisville. Clark, a 6-foot-2, 244-pound redshirt freshman, arrived on campus Monday and… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Kaleb Muse happy to get back to full contact

Photo provided by SLU Public InformationSoutheastern Louisiana linebacker Kaleb Muse sacks Northwestern State  quarterback Brad Henderson in 2012.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana senior outside linebacker Kaleb Muse was almost giddy at the thought of getting hit again. The Lions were into their first day of full-contact drills when Muse was presented with the first opportunity to test his surgically repaired shoulder. He took on offensive guard Aaron Reed in a drill that Reed… Continue reading →

Tulane has mock game as season nears

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONTulanecoach Curtis Johnson speaks with the team including Tulane Green Wave quarterback Tanner Lee (12), wearing teal shirt, during the team's scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday.

There are areas of a football game that practice, film and meetings simply can’t prepare a team for. So, for the third straight season, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson carved out a day to rehearse what it’s like, producing a mock game inside of City Park’s Tad Gormley Stadium. They practiced running onto the field, standing on the… Continue reading →

Some Tulane position battles starting to clear

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONTulane tight end Kendall Ardoin makes a catch during the team's scrimmage Aug. 9 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

Tulane’s football practice may have been closed to the media Tuesday, but the aftermath of the morning session at Tad Gormley Stadium provided more clarity as to what the Green Wave will look like in its season opener Aug. 28 at Tulsa. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson has left several position battles open throughout fall camp, with the hope… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns are both talented and deep at running back

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIELouisiana-Lafayette's  Effrem Reed runs against South Alabama's Jake Johnson in a 2012 game.

It’s a good problem to have, but Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is going to have to get creative distributing the ball this season. His backfield consists of four players who have either dominated or shown flashes of success with limited playing time, and another who has had a strong camp.… Continue reading →

Taurean Nixon ready for spotlight

Many times, when facing the Tulane defense last season, the most desirable receiver on the field was the one furthest away from Lorenzo Doss. It’s because Tulane’s preseason All-American cornerback repeatedly displayed the ability to change a game on any errant throw. His seven interceptions and keen field vision allowed him to lead the nation… Continue reading →

Tulane goes airborne in second preseason scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee

Tulane took to the air in its second scrimmage of presesason camp. After churning up 173 rushing yards last week as part of an offensively dominant day, the Green Wave focused on the passing game in a situational scrimmage Saturday, which was closed to the media and held at the New Orleans Saints’ practice facility. Starting… Continue reading →

Five to go into Tulane Hall of Fame

 File provided by Tulane sports informationMicah Owings, who starred at Tulane as a pitcher and position player, has been selected to the school's Hall of Fame along with fellow baseball player Brian Bogusevic, track and field's Gloria Asumnu, football player Matt Forte and basketball player Kim Lewis.

The Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014 announced Saturday features baseball standouts Brian Bogusevic and Micah Owings, Louisiana natives Matt Forte from football and Kim Lewis from men’s basketball and women’s track and field program icon Gloria Asumnu. The induction ceremony will be from 6 p.m.-8 p.m Nov. 13 at the Lavin-Bernick Center on Tulane’s… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Devon Breaux continues spectacular play

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONTulane wide receiver Devon Breaux grabs a touchdown and keeps a foot in the end zone against safety Carlton Williams during the team's scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium last Saturday.

Devon Breaux summed up all the reasons he’s one of the more intriguing players on Tulane’s offense this upcoming season during one play at Friday’s morning practice at Tad Gormley Stadium. The redshirt sophomore receiver took off down the sideline, fooled cornerback Donnie Lewis with a double move and found himself wide open running toward the end zone.… Continue reading →

Tulane kickers have big shoes to fill

When Tulane practiced kickoffs Friday morning at Tad Gormley Stadium, the tee was placed on the 40-yard line instead of the actual college spot at the 35. Specialists Peter Picerelli, Andrew DiRocco and Steven Broccoli still struggled to get the ball to the end zone, another indication of how much the Green Wave misses Cairo Santos.… Continue reading →

Tulane sells out Georgia Tech game in 14 minutes

It took 14 minutes for Tulane fans to make a statement. That’s how long single-game tickets to the Green Wave’s home opener against Georgia Tech, in the newly constructed Yulman Stadium, were available to the public. Before Friday’s brief public sale, Tulane officials said it already sold all but 2,000 season tickets to the new stadium.… Continue reading →

After breakout season, SLU’s Harlan Miller wants more

SLU Public Information photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern defensive back Harlan Miller returns an interception against McNeese State for 30 yards during a Nov. 2 game.

HAMMOND — A breakout season, including a tie for the conference lead in interceptions, earned Southeastern Louisiana junior cornerback Harlan Miller plenty of postseason plaudits and preseason acclaim. Just don’t expect Miller, a former standout quarterback at Kentwood High School, to spend a lot of time patting himself on the back over his past achievements.… Continue reading →

Tulane not letting Royce LaFrance rest on his laurels

Tulane’s coaches don’t want Royce LaFrance reading this. Several members of the Green Wave staff spoke bluntly when asked about the highly decorated junior defensive end, despite him being named to Phil Steele’s preseason All-American Athletic Conference first team this summer, after his 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss last year. “I’m always worried about that because… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Taurean Nixon getting back up to speed

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONTulane coach Curtis Johnson, right, talks with wide receiver Teddy Veal during the team's scrimmage Aug. 9 at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Senior Taurean Nixon, who entered Tulane’s fall camp as the expected starting cornerback across the field from All-American Lorenzo Doss, was back on the field during the morning practice at the Saints’ facility Thursday after sitting out a week with a lower abdominal injury. It was Nixon’s second practice back after participating in Wednesday’s afternoon session, which… Continue reading →

Luke Jackson overcomes cancer to join Green Wave

Luke Jackson, Tulane defensive end

Nine months after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, Luke Jackson is back on the practice field for Tulane. Even if he does not play a down this season, he already has won his most important battle. Jackson, a redshirt freshman linebacker from LaPlace, learned of his condition in November. He finished chemotherapy treatment in February,… Continue reading →

Tulane camp report: Defensive players ‘stars of the day’

Tulane spent large portions of Wednesday’s practice at Newman High School working on their execution in short-yardage situations, including a spirited goal-line sequence early in practice. Tulane coach Curtis Johnson said he uses practices like these to raise the physicality of the entire team, but he was especially happy with the effort from his defense on this particular day.… Continue reading →

Despite setbacks, Southeastern churns ahead toward scrimmage

SLU Public Information file photo by RANDY BERGERON -- Southeastern coach Ron Roberts watches as wide receiver Jarrell Bennett hauls in a reception in the annual Spring Game at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. The Lions canceled their first scrimmage Saturday because of thunderstorms.

HAMMOND — Losing a practice to rain, moving another indoors and the canceling the first scrimmage may appear a tall order to overcome in preparing for the start of a new season. Given the recent rise of Southeastern Louisiana’s program — ranked No. 3 in the Football Championship Subdivision coaches poll — and the veteran… Continue reading →

Tulane camp report: Defense, running backs get intense at practice

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane Green Wave coach Curtis Johnson smiles during the team's scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday.

The explosiveness Tulane’s offense showed in its first scrimmage Saturday extended to Tuesday’s practice. In one particularly intense drill, with a constant din coming from their surrounding coaches and teammates, the offense exclusively ran rushing plays against the defense. Though linebackers Rene Fleury and Ed Williams made good plays by plugging up holes,… Continue reading →

Tanner Lee named Wave’s starting quarterback

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee throws during the Green Wave's scrimmage Satuaday at Tad Gormley Stadium, Lee was named the team's starting quarterback Monday.

Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson confirmed Monday what he hinted at after Saturday’s scrimmage: Redshirt freshman Tanner Lee is his No. 1 quarterback. “Tanner is the starting quarterback,” Johnson said after a morning practice at Newman High School. “He will start for us this year. I think he’s going to have a great… Continue reading →

Commissioner Mike Aresco high on future of AAC, Tulane

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco, Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson and Tulane President Michael A. Fitts tour Yulman Stadium on Monday.

Power tools clanged and churned in the background of Yulman Stadium as American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco was introduced to the New Orleans media for the first time. Despite three of the most important people at Tulane — Aresco, President Mike Fitts and Athletic Director Rick Dickson — standing at the podium, the push… Continue reading →

TULANE CAMP REPORT: Lorenzo Doss returns to practice

Advocate photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane cornerback, Lorenzo Doss warms up during spring practice in February. After missing the past week with a 'minor' knee injury, Doss returned to camp Monday.

Tulane welcomed their star cornerback, Lorenzo Doss, back to the practice field Monday after he missed the previous week of camp with a “minor” knee injury. “It’s about time. Doss has been on this worldwide tour,” Green Wave coach Curtis Johnson joked after Monday’s practice at Newman High School. “I thought he… Continue reading →

Johnson: Brooks Haack gives the Cajuns a reliable backup plan

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIESophomore quarterback Brooks Haack searches for a receiver as Louisiana-Lafayette practices Tuesday.

Insurance plans are required if you’re going to make your mark on the college football world, because really every team is only as good as its backup quarterback. If such a term applied in the college ranks, Terrance Broadway would be a true franchise quarterback. He’s the centerpiece of an offense that will likely cause some headaches… Continue reading →

Cajuns find right tempo in scrimmage

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp Running back Torey Pierce (25) tries to run away from defender Jacob Molbert (59) during the Ffrst fall scrimmage for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Mark Hudspeth stressed the time factor to his Louisiana-Lafayette football team right after Saturday’s first full-scale scrimmage of fall camp. The 98-play scrimmage had a 6 p.m. start under the Cajun Field lights, the same time the Ragin’ Cajuns will welcome Southern in three weeks for the 2014 season opener. “I told the guys that right now we’d be… Continue reading →

Tanner Lee makes strong case to be Tulane’s starting QB

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee throws during the Green Wave's scrimmage Satuaday at Tad Gormley Stadium, Lee was named the team's starting quarterback Monday.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee directed an 80-yard touchdown drive to open Tulane’s Saturday morning scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium. On his second series, Lee finished another 80-yard drive with a scoring toss. The next time he stepped on the field, Lee completed a 40-yard touchdown pass on the first play. The… Continue reading →

Tulane running back race ‘very open’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave running back Dontrell Hilliard (26) runs for a touchdown against Tulane Green Wave defensive end Quinlan Carroll (54) during the team's scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

The fact that four-year starter Orleans Darkwa is no longer in the picture is on the minds of all the Tulane running backs that both played behind him and showed up as he departed. “With Orleans out, it’s anyone’s job, so we’re all out competing and trying to perform to the best of our abilities,” junior running… Continue reading →

Colonels cap first week of preseason; Southeastern cancels scrimmage

THIBODAUX — With the season opener at Air Force three weeks away, the Nicholls State football team held its first scrimmage of preseason camp Saturday morning at John L. Guidry Stadium. The Colonels had 75 plays in the controlled scrimmage, with the quarterbacks throwing for five touchdown passes in red-zone situations. Quarterback Tuskani Figaro also rushed for… Continue reading →

Southeastern ranked No. 3 in Sports Network poll

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD Southeastern football coach Ron Roberts yells at players during the game against Nicholls State last season. Roberts and his staff will host a coaching clinic April 11-12.

HAMMOND — After earning a No. 3 ranking in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ Poll earlier this week, the Southeastern Louisiana football team received the same ranking in the Sports Network FCS Top 25, which was released Friday. Just like the coaches’ poll, the only teams ahead of the Lions were the two teams that… Continue reading →

Nico Marley already a leader for Tulane

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (22) pulls in a pass between Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss (6), left, and Tulane linebacker Nico Marley (20) during the first half of the New Orleans Bowl.

When asked to describe Nico Marley, people who know him seem to almost immediately use the word “undersized” to detail the game of Tulane’s sophomore linebacker. It’s only natural. Not often do you see players of Marley’s stature — 5-foot-9, 200 pounds — patrolling the weak side of a defense at linebacker the way he does.… Continue reading →

Tulane Camp Report: Curtis Johnson tells players to stay on their feet

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson speaks during the team's media day in New Orleans on Thursday.

The first full-pads practice in college football usually involves intense hitting and an overload of pent-up physical aggression. Tulane went the other direction on Friday morning at the Saints’ indoor facility, with coach Curtis Johnson stopping the action to tell his players to remain on their feet. Saturday morning’s scrimmage at Tad Gormley Stadium is the time for… Continue reading →

NCAA changes big five governing rules

Associated Press photo by MICHAEL CONROY -- Wright State University president David R. Hopkins, right, listens as Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz, left, discusses changes to the NCAA structure after a board of directors vote at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.  The NCAA Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.

In the opposite of an upset, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted 16-2 Thursday to give schools from the big five power conferences — such as the Southeastern Conference, of which LSU is a charter member — more freedom to determine how they are governed. The nation’s 65 wealthiest programs from the SEC, Atlantic Coast… Continue reading →

Curtis Johnson expects new challenges this season

Curtis Johnson is well aware of the challenges this season poses compared to the last, and he hopes his players are too. The third-year head coach guided the Green Wave to a five-win improvement and a New Orleans Bowl berth from his first campaign to the next. When asked in his news conference during Tulane’s media… Continue reading →

Tulane camp quick read

Five observations from Thursday’s practice: 1 Tulane appeared in its new uniforms on Thursday, the first time local media has gotten a chance to see the updated threads, complete with American Athletic Conference patches. 2 Green Wave linebacker Jarrod Franklin said he tore his MCL, ACL and meniscus in knee during spring practice but is still… Continue reading →